THE Liberals have launched a fight to reclaim the seat of Prahran, won by the Greens in a knife’s-edge battle in 2014.
Fourteen months out from the 2017 state election, paediatrician Katie Allen of Toorak has been endorsed as the Liberal Party’s candidate for Prahran.
Incumbent Greens MP Sam Hibbins said while he expected a fight to keep the coveted seat, one of just two state seats held by the Greens, he was confident his party’s policies on issues such as same-sex marriage and education were in line with voters’ interests.
Dr Allen, also a medical researcher, said she would be lobbying hard for a Melbourne Metro Rail interchange in Stonnington, and tackling crime.
“The biggest issue for us (in the Prahran electorate) is we’ve sort of been neglected by the Andrews Government for the past four years,” Dr Allen said.
“We’ve got big problems, we’re becoming a much more dense electorate … and we’re not being given the best services.”
“We (also) need to send a strong message that people need to feel safe in their homes.”
Mr Hibbins has also campaigned for an upgrade to South Yarra’s train station and recently called on Prahran Market to ban plastic bags.
“It’s really a question about who’s going to stand up for the values of Prahran,” Mr Hibbins said.
Mr Hibbins made history in 2014 when he became one of the first two Greens politicians to be elected to Victoria’s Legislative Assembly.
His shock win saw him unseat the Liberal Party’s Clem Newton-Brown.
Rebecca Di Nuzzo, Stonnington Leader
September 6, 2017 11:38am